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More than 300,000 make perilous Mediterranean crossing in 2015 – UN refugee agency

28 August 2015 – The United Nations refugee agency said today that the number of refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean to reach Europe has surpassed 300,000 this year, up from 219,000 during the whole of 2014.


As momentum builds for December climate talks in Paris, Ban looks ahead to ‘bold’ outcome

26 August 2015 – Commending France’s “exemplary leadership” on efforts to tackle climate change, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today affirmed that the international community is now at a stage where the final elements of the new climate agreement are being negotiated.


Europe’s response to migrant crisis is not working, warns UN rights expert

25 August 2015 – The European Union should establish a human rights-based, coherent and comprehensive migration policy which makes mobility its central asset, a United Nations expert today advocated, assuring is the only way in which the EU can reclaim its border, effectively combat smuggling and empower migrants.


UN human rights experts welcome release of Syrian human rights defenders

14 August 2015 – Welcoming recent release of three human rights defenders from Syrian Government custody, the head of a United Nations-appointed human rights panel today urged the authorities to grant an independent organization regular access to those allegedly detained.


UN urges bold action to tackle deepening refugee crisis in Greece

07 August 2015 – The United Nations today called for bold and urgent action to address a deepening crisis in Greece, where some 124,000 refugees and migrants have arrived by sea this year – a staggering increase of over 750 per cent compared to the same period in 2014.


INTERVIEW: The toughest spokesperson's job in the world?
A decade speaking out for Palestinian humanitarian needs

03 August 2015 – Chris Gunness has served as the Spokesperson and Director of Advocacy and Communications for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) for almost a decade.


In ISIL-controlled territory, 8 million civilians living in ‘state of fear’ – UN expert

31 July 2015 – The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has engaged in widespread and systematic human rights violations of the most serious kinds in Syria and Iraq, brutally forcing some 8 million people to “assimilate, flee or face death,” according to a United Nations expert.


At Security Council, Ban and UN special envoy outline ‘way forward’ on political solution for war-torn Syria

29 July 2015 – Describing the more than four years of “slaughter” in Syria as a “shameful symbol of the international community’s divisions and failure,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appealed to the Security Council to endorse his Special Envoy’s recommendations on reaching the political solution that “all parties claim to support.”


UN rights experts on use of mercenaries weigh ‘increasing activity’ of foreign fighters

23 July 2015 – The United Nations expert group on the use of mercenaries today convened a discussion at UN Headquarters in New York to address the issue of the increasing activity of foreign fighters – particularly towards understanding their motivations – and its impact on human rights.